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The History of Poland: An Essay in Historical Synthesis - Oscar Halecki

J. M. Dent & Sons, 1942, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ - in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with pulling to the head of the spine, short tears to the spine ends and corners and heavier fading to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages very gently age-tanned.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs [34]; Maps [1];

From the cover: “The present war has brought about the first mass contact on record of the British public with the Poles. It has also brought to light our scanty and fragmentary knowledge of Poland’s past, which to an average Britisher hardly ever extends beyond the period of Poland’s heroic fight for independence in the nineteenth century after the partitions. The need is badly felt for an adequate, concise history of Poland from the pen of a specialist. Professor Halecki, the eminent Polish historian, published in French in 1936 the history of Poland up to 1918, upon which the present book is based; and for this English edition he has continued the narrative up to 1941 in a new part of some fifteen thousand words.

The eight hundred years of Poland’s independent history are described. The consolidation of the peaceful tribes of the Polians, under German pressure, into an organized Christian State in the second half of the tenth century; the intricate medieval history under the first dynasty of rulers culminating in the great figure of the last of the Piasts; the amazing story of the first enduring example of a Federation of Nations in the Polish-Lithuanian union; the ensuing power of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Poland under the Jagiellonian kings; the experiment of the ‘Royal Republic’; the deluge of wars; and finally, at the close of the eighteenth century, the political collapse — these great events make arresting reading side by side with the picture of internal development, the growth of Parliament, and the democratic freedom and religious tolerance which brought vast Lithuanian and Ruthenian territories into the sphere of Polish cultural influences. Character-sketches of Poland’s eminent men and women through the centuries are abundantly scattered throughout the book. The book closes with the picture of Poland’s gigantic work of reconstruction between 1918 and 1939, tragically contrasted with the destruction following the invasion of the country.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 272 pages.
£16.50

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